John Livingston’s tomb Bruntsfield

Sometimes one never realizes whats so close.
Chamberlain Road in Bruntsfield there is a little picturesque garden, I pass it often but never venture in.

John Livingston's Tomb Garden

John Livingston’s Tomb Garden

Today I did, ‘lo and behold’ through the gateway I was surprised to find John Livingston’s tomb.
John Livingston was an apothecary, who acquired land in Greenhill in the 1630’s however he succumbed to the Black Death in 1645, as did much of Edinburgh.

John Livingston's Tomb

John Livingston’s Tomb

The Tombstone reads

This Saint whos Corps lyes buried heir
Let all posterties admoir
For upright lif in Godly feir.

When judgements did this land surround
He with God was walking found
For which from midst of feirs he’s cround.

Heir to be interred. Both he
And friends by Providence agrie
No Age shall los his memorie.

His age 53     Died 1645

John Livingston's Tomb

John Livingston’s Tomb

A scroll beats the words “Mors patet, Hora latet” this may be literally translated as “Death Reveals, the hour conceals” but the may mean “Death is sure, the Hour uncertain”

Portobello Sunset 26 July 2018

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight (whatever that means).

Rhymes aside, nature is beautiful, There is something magical about such a sunset, we always take time to appreciate it.

It’s been 27° in Edinburgh, the weather is broken can someone turn it off and on again.

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Portobello Edinburgh Sunset July 2018

Cavalcade 2018

It’s started, the festival season – the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off with a Cavalcade through the city center

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018 Chinese Dragon

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018 Chinese Dragon

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018 Chinese Dragon

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018 Chinese Dragon

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018 Fire

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018 Fire

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018

Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade 2018

This was actually last Sunday, but again one has procrastinated to much recently

Ross Fountain

The restoration of the beautiful Ross Fountain is now complete! Water flows freely for the first time in eight years. Now sporting its new colour of a bluish-green and copper moving away from it’s all gold colour, paying homage to its sister fountain of Fontaines de la Concorde in Paris.

Ross Fountain was produced at the iron foundry of Antoine Durenne in Sommevoire, France, standing at it’s current position in West Princes street gardens since 1872

Happy to see it fully working again

Ross Fountain

Ross Fountain

Ross Fountain

Ross Fountain

Ross Fountain

Ross Fountain

Stockbridge duck race 2018

The 29th annual Stockbridge duck race! Hundreds of wee rubber duckies racing down the water of Leith. (All done for charity).
I like to pretend that the ducks are alive and super competitive racing hard to the end. 😃
Photos aren’t that great, as the wall of the bridge is high and I’m wee 😉

stockbridge duck race 2018

stockbridge duck race 2018

stockbridge duck race 2018

stockbridge duck race 2018

stockbridge duck race 2018

stockbridge duck race 2018

Edinburgh Castle Summer Sun

Another beautiful day out, and Jings it’s warm!

Edinburgh has a lot of green open space. Princes street Gardens, I also was sitting under a tree in the shadow of the castle, watching the world go by, it’s a very popular place and It’s awfy Bonny.

But it Wouldn’t have always been like this, up until the 19th century this was the castles northern-defence – aka the Nor’ Loch, and by all accounts a disgusting cesspool – it was polluted with wastage and where the guilty(?) were punished.